Last updated: 11:30 AM ET, Wed February 24 2016

Qantas Announces New Wi-Fi Service and Record 2015 Numbers

Airlines & Airports | Donald Wood | February 24, 2016

Qantas Announces New Wi-Fi Service and Record 2015 Numbers

Photo courtesy of Qantas

Australian airline Qantas announced Tuesday that the company would be adding free Wi-Fi to its fleet of planes, with trials starting in late 2016.

According to Qantas' official website, the airline has teamed up with global broadband service provider ViaSat to provide passengers with Internet speeds of up to 10 times faster than traditional Wi-Fi currently found on most aircraft.

The new ViaSat Wi-Fi Internet—which utilizes the nbn network—would allow passengers on domestic flights in Australia to stream higher quality videos, including movies, television shows and even live sports.

As for the in-flight trials, Qantas will install the new Wi-Fi Internet service on one of the airline’s Boeing 737 planes in late 2016, and test the system’s capabilities and limitations. From there, the company expects to equip its entire fleet of Airbus 330s and Boeing 737s with the satellite service by early 2017.

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Qantas CEO Alan Joyce released a statement about the new in-flight Wi-Fi service:

“Bringing high-speed Wi-Fi to the domestic aviation market has been an ambition of ours for a long time and we now have access to the right technology to make it happen. The sheer size of the Australian landmass creates some significant challenges for in-flight connectivity but the recent launch of nbn’s satellite has opened up new opportunities that we plan to take advantage of with ViaSat’s help.”

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The good news continued for Qantas on Tuesday, as the airline also announced its first-half financial results, which indicate the company made a profit of $921 million over the last six months.

Not only does the success mean Qantas’ 2015 calendar-year performance set a company record, but it also means the company increased revenue to $8.5 billion overall, a five percent jump from 2014’s final numbers.

Joyce also released a statement about the record-breaking numbers, saying, “This record result reflects a stronger, leaner, more agile Qantas. I’m extremely proud of our people, who are working hard to transform the Qantas Group and make flying with Qantas and Jetstar better than ever for our customers.”


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